SWEET COBRA Prepares For Tour Dates With Mutoid Man This Month in Support of “Earth” LP

Aug 08 2015

[photo by Nick Thieneman]
In support of their lauded, recently released fourth LP, Earth, Chicago mega trio, SWEET COBRA, is booking new live dates, including a new tour next week on an Eastern US run with Mutoid Man.

SWEET COBRA‘s most glowing recording to date, Earth was recorded and produced by Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge at Talbot’s Earth Analog Studios in Illinois, mixed by Ballou at his Godcity Studio in Massachusetts, and mastered by Carl Saff. Additionally, both Ballou and Talbot make guest appearances on the album. The nearly forty-six minute album shows the band hungrier than ever; the trusted and infectious ferocity fans expect is here delivered through a slick, more accessible approach. The pairing of Talbot and Ballou as producers has truly yielded a stunning, classic heavy album for the ages.

SWEET COBRA‘s awesome trek will get underway next Friday, August 11th, in Raleigh, followed by shows in Columbus, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Cincinnati, Louisville and Kansas City. For the tour, SWEET COBRA will be supporting Mutoid Man, except for Washington DC on August 15th where the headliner will be Sumac. Young Widows will also join the action at the Louisville show on the 17th. Just two weeks following the tour, SWEET COBRA will head to Peasant’s Plot Farm in Manteno, Illinois to play at Low Down Hoe Down Fest with Canadian Rifle, Electric Hawk and many others. Additional tour dates continue to be booked.


8/11/2015 Kings – Raleigh, NC w/ Mutoid Man w/ Mutoid Man
8/12/2015 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH w/ Mutoid Man
8/13/2015 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Mutoid Man
8/14/2015 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w/ Mutoid Man
8/15/2015 Rock And Roll Hotel – Washington, DC w/ Sumac
8/16/2015 Tacocracy – Cincinnati, OH w/ Mutoid Man
8/17/2015 Haymarket Whiskey Bar – Louisville, KY w/ Mutoid Man, Young Widows
8/18/2015 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ Mutoid Man
9/05/2015 Peasant’s Plot Farm – Manteno, IL @ Low Down Hoe Down Fest w/ Canadian Rifle, Electric Hawk

SWEET COBRA’s Earth is streaming in its entirety via BandCamp now at THIS LOCATION, and the official video for “Future Ghosts” is playing at Noisey RIGHT HERE.

Released in July via Magic Bullet Records, Earth is available on CD and both black and gold vinyl available HERE, as well as all major digital outlets.

Magic Bullet Records Issues FREE Sampler With Exclusive BLEACH EVERYTHING Track; New Titles By SWEET COBRA, MEATWOUND, HARMONIC CROSS, BLEACH EVERYTHING Near + NY IN 64 And BROTHER DEGE Vinyl Out Now

Jul 22 2015


Magic Bullet Records is currently undertaking one of the label’s busiest sessions since its late ’90s inception, with a pile of brand new titles on the verge of release this month. Following recent exclusive premieres of new tracks from SWEET COBRAMEATWOUND and HARMONIC CROSS, the label today issues a mighty free download sampler with thirteen tracks packed into it, including the first single from the upcoming BLEACH EVERYTHING Free Inside 7″.

On the heels of a debut split 7″ with Los Angeles-based VORS released earlier in the year, Free Insideis the first proper 7″ EP from Richmond, Virginia’s BLEACH EVERYTHING. The band’s membership pedigree is highlighted by a present and past that includes Iron Reagan, Mammoth Grinder, Jesuit, Suppression, and Corn On Macabre amongst countless others. As one could surmise, BLEACH EVERYTHING specializes in all things short, fast, loud, violent, and often absurd. Rooted deeply in the DIY punk ethos that gave each member a roadmap toward individual and collective musical longevity deep into adult life, all skills of the trade are on display here. Musically, the band charges further forward on the hellbent path established on the VORS split; absolutely relentless in its urgency, unrepentant in its sonic heft, and rife with entropic freneticism. Thematically, the band calls for self-empowerment (title track), self-reliance (“Sons Of Hecate”), and space terror (“Facehugger”)… all within the span of five minutes. The EP will see digital release on August 7th and a vinyl release on both clear and black wax two weeks later.

Download the Magic Bullet Records digital sampler Vol. 2 to hear BLEACH EVERYTHING’s “Sons Of Hecate” — as well as tracks from SWEET COBRA, NY IN 64, MEATWOUND, WORMWOOD, ANCIENT VVISDOM, HARMONIC CROSS, BROTHER DEGE, IDES OF GEMINI, WAILIN’ STORMS, BROTHER DEGE, ZEX and INTEGRITY — free at THIS LOCATION.

Magic Bullet Records Digital Sampler VOL. 2 Track Listing:
1. SWEET COBRA - Future Ghosts
2. NY IN 64 - Bystander
3. MEATWOUND - Funeral State
5. WORMWOOD - I’d Rather Die
6. ANCIENT VVISDOM - We Are Damnation
8. BROTHER DEGE - House Of The Dying Sun
9. IDES OF GEMINI - Strange Fruit
10. WAILIN’ STORMS - Down In South Texas
11. BROTHER DEGE - The River
12. ZEX - Wanderlust
13. INTEGRITY - Dawn Of A New Apocalypse (Live)

This past Friday, Magic Bullet issued the vinyl version of several albums, including the LP edition of NY IN 64‘s debut, NY64 – the band formed by members of You And I and East Of The Wall delivering a mesmerizing style of instrumental, melodic hardcore. Surrounding the album’s CD and digital release in April NY IN 64 has played live throughout the Northeast in support of their first album, deploying the record’s energetic attack with even more intensity. NY64 is now available on clear 12″ vinyl this week, as the band plots new tour dates and is in the final stages of creating an official video for the album.

Also out now are the vinyl editions of Folk Songs Of The American Longhair and How To Kill A HorseLPs from Lafayette, Louisiana’s BROTHER DEGE – the albums originally issued on CD and digital formats in 2010 and 2014, respectively. The band’s captivating, exemplary exhibition of passionate, absolutely haunting Mekong-Delta-blues-by-way-of-Louisiana hymns and melodies unlike anything out there have grabbed the attention everyone from Quentin Tarantino, who featured “Too Old To Die Young” in his 2012 film and soundtrack “Django Unchained,” to The Discovery Network’s “Deadliest Catch” franchise, who featured “Hard Row to Hoe” as 2010′s theme music to “After the Catch” with Mike Rowe. Both Folk Songs Of The American Longhair and How To Kill A Horse are now available on both colored and black vinyl editions through Magic Bullet.

And in less than two weeks, brand new releases from Chicago’s melodic/angular punk/hardcore manipulators SWEET COBRA, Florida’s swamp-ridden pentatonic hardcore deviants MEATWOUNDand Richmond-based ultra-creepy ambient collective HARMONIC CROSS will all see release, slated to street on July 24th. New videos and tracks from all three of these acts will see release prior to their official release — stand by for all of them to hit within the next week.

Scope out the wares at Magic Bullet’s newly launched webstore for preorders for physical versions of the latest titles and recently released vinyl titles and more at THIS LOCATION.

MEATWOUND Unchains “Funeral State” Video At Decibel Magazine; Debut LP Out This Week

Jul 22 2015


Florida-based destroyers, MEATWOUND, have let their new video for their caustic “Funeral State” video off the chain through an exclusive premiere at Decibel Magazine as their Addio debut LP intoxicates the population via Magic Bullet Records this week.

Dangerous and hardcore as shit, a thundering concoction of 1990s influences culminate in the MEATWOUND sound. Uniting members of Combatwoundedveteran, Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs, Primate Research and more, this collective’s sound was born in a swamp sewage-drenched gutter where the pentatonic, industrialized elements of crushers Fudge Tunnel and Godflesh meet a sordid death metal edge, meshing Sepultura tribalisms with a throbbing Big Black-style hardcore punk infiltrated by scuzzy sci-fi tones. The band’s debut LP, Addio was recorded with Dan Byer at Rock Garden Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, and bears artwork by Chris Norris (Steak Mtn.).

Directed by Frank Norris, the video for MEATWOUND‘s “Funeral State” jacks random blasts of propaganda and debauchery into appropriately scummy, low-light live footage in fully DIY fashion, like a drunken, Troma-inspired, day-in-the-life documentation of the band’s actions. Issues Decibel Magazine alongside their premiere, “Floridian nasties MEATWOUND are everything that is good and right about punk, hardcore and noise squatting in the same dilapidated basement,” continuing, “the video for ‘Funeral State’ gives you a crash course in what these guys are all about: namely, wreaking havoc on any anonymous stage they play. Low-budget, high-quality pigfuck awaits!”

Wreck shit to MEATWOUND’s “Funeral State” through Decibel Magazine’s debut of the damage RIGHT HERE.

Following its digital release through Magic Bullet Records this past Friday, Addio hits with physical versions this Friday, July 24th, the album coming in on both CD and LP both red and black 12″ vinyl pressings. Check out physical preorders HERE.

Advance media outlets infected by the MEATWOUND contagion have issued reports of their grotesqueness in recent days, including Nine Circles who spits, “Bathed in scum and sludge, their heavy, hard-hitting brand of metal is a reflection of the legal and political diarrhea of their native Florida. Their debut album, Addio, is a mix of punk, scuzz and sludge with a sprinkling of doom over the top of this sewage sundae. It’s a welcome excursion from the rote monotony of most metal released these days…” Echoes And Dust raged of the album, “It is more than refreshing, after decades of listening to who-knows-how-many different permutations of loud music, to hear something which, while having familiar noises shouts and roars, doesn’t sound like anything you’ve heard before. Step forward MEATWOUND and their debut Addio. Sure, there is a bit of Unsane’s visceral squall and a little of the Dillinger Escape Plan’s angular anger – plus some Jesus Lizard-style scuzz and straight-outa-Tampa death roars – but out of this maelstrom MEATWOUND create something completely their own.”The folks at Cvlt Nation offer, “[MEATWOUND] brings a dirty death metal edge and a slew of 1990s influences to their brand of raging audio warfare, and will knock the top off your skull and leave you suffering from blunt force riff trauma,” while Absolute Zero Media’s review states, “If you could for a moment mix elements of TAD, Killing Joke, Jesus Lizard, Godflesh, Melvins are what I hear and so much more. There is a power and aggression going on here there are even black metal elements that poke there head out in this monster… It reminds me of a jazzy version of Rorschach at times too. I will end with the Cop Shoot Cop if they were a hardcore band…”

Sporadic live excursions from the MEATWOUND camp continue to take place across their home peninsula — including a record release show in Tampa on August 8th and a Gainesville gig August 29th with Assholeparade and more — with more widespread tour excursions to be declared in the months ahead. Duck.

8/08/2015 The Hub – Tampa, FL w/ Weltesser, The Path of Increased Indifference
8/29/2015 The Wooly – Gainesville, FL w/ Assholeparade, Palatka, End Of The Century Party, Radon, Suppression, House Of Lightning, Dredge [info]

SWEET COBRA: “Complaints” song premiere now streaming at Lambgoat

Jul 16 2015

Sweet Cobra Earth Cover 12x12 300dpi“Complaints” is the second track premiere from SWEET COBRA‘s Earth album. Our friends at Lambgoat have been so kind as to run the exclusive feature and you can listen to it right here: http://lambgoat.com/features/258/Sweet-Cobra-Complaints-song-premiere

The digital version of Earth is out tomorrow and the CD/LP hits stores on Friday the 24th!

WAILIN STORMS “Shiver” EP now available digitally

Jul 06 2015

PrintNow available digitally worldwide: WAILIN STORMS Shiver EP.

Originally self-released on Bandcamp in 2014, Magic Bullet Records has reissued the album across all digital platforms leading into the fall release of One Foot in the Flesh Grave, the bands debut full-length album.

• To stream/download via Bandcamp: click here
• To download via iTunes: click here

HARMONIC CROSS: Debut LP From Experimental Collective Set For Magic Bullet Release; Track Streaming At No Clean Singing

Jul 01 2015

Indeed, indeed, Repentance oft before
I swore-but was I sober when I swore?
And then and then came Spring, and Rose-in-hand
My thread-bare Penitence a-pieces tore

Some dudes just can’t get enough of playing music together. Such is the case of Ryan Parrish, Graham Scala, and Brent Eyestone. In addition to comprising 3/4 of the short, fast, and loud kill unit Bleach Everything and 3/5 of heavy indie rockers Highness, the trio of friends comprises 100% of HARMONIC CROSS.

It is Finished. marks the debut album for HARMONIC CROSS, six songs that teeter more toward the ethereal and ambient while maintaining the rather specific and certain darkness that permeates the previous output of its members both collectively and off on their own. The album functions as a conceptual soundtrack to an actual, unexplained true crime event commonly referred to as “The Somerton Man” (also known as “The Taman Shud Case”).  In the case, an unidentified, well-dressed man is found dead along a seawall on Somerton beach in Adelaide, South Australia. A printed scrap of paper cut out from a book reading “tamam shud” (meaning “finished” in Persian) is found sewn into a hidden pocket of his pants. The book itself is later found and contains several hand-written ciphers. The Ciphers were never solved. The corpse was never identified. Even the book itself appears to be from an edition that has no record of ever being printed.

Each track on It is Finished. coincides with one of the five specific ciphers written into that copy of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,” with the last track being dedicated to final meditation on the concept of “tamam shud”It is finished.” All artwork was drawn from crime scene photography surrounding the case.

Packaged in a gorgeous chipboard jacket with metallic inks, the album itself was tracked live and mixed by HARMONIC CROSS member Brent Eyestone and mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound (“Star Trek: Into the Darkness,” “The Walking Dead,” “House of Cards,” “Sons of Anarchy”).

No Clean Singing has unveiled the first audio of the debut from HARMONIC CROSS, issuing the LP’s second track, ”MLIAOI,” issuing with the exclusive premiere, “”MLIAOI” is minimalist, ambient music – voiceless and as mysterious as the events that inspired it. It seems to be the opening of a doorway to some corner of the cosmos in which those ciphers are still being whispered.”

Stream it now at THIS LOCATION.

Magic Bullet Records will issue It is Finished. digitally on July 17th, followed by a 12″ vinyl delivery on July 24th, with both green and black pressings for the first run. Physical and digital preorders will be posted in the coming days.

It is Finished. Track Listing:

For review copies of It is Finished. and coverage of HARMONIC CROSS contact dave@earsplitcompound.com.


MEATWOUND: Warning Shot From Debut LP By Florida Throbbing Hardcore Scuzz Outfit Fired Via Cvlt Nation; Addio Set For July Release Through Magic Bullet

Jul 01 2015


Alert the media: Florida Man has finally started a band as reckless and completely fucked as the headlines we’ve all come to know, love, and fear.

MEATWOUND is a band comprised of former members of Combatwoundedveteran, The Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs, Primate Research, and more. Impossibly dangerous and hardcore as shit, a thundering concoction of 1990s influences drive the MEATWOUND sound; a magnetic gutter wherein the pentatonic, industrialized elements of Fudge Tunnel and Godflesh meet a sordid death metal edge meshing Sepultura and Exit-13, all while a throbbing Big Black-style of hardcore punk gets a scuzzy sci-fi kick in the nuts that harkens The Locust. It’s beyond aggressive, it’s as unruly as a pet store on fire, and, like Warchild from “Point Break,” it’s here to fuck you up.

AddioMEATWOUND‘s debut, was recorded with Dan Byer at Rock Garden Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, and features the twisted artwork of Chris Norris, aka Steak Mtn. The population takes first warning shot from Addio straight in the kisser this week as Cvlt Nation blasts forth the LP’s second track, “Funeral State,” offering how MEATWOUND, “brings a dirty death metal edge and a slew of 1990s influences to their brand of raging audio warfare, and will knock the top off your skull and leave you suffering from blunt force riff trauma!”

Unload MEATWOUND’s “Funeral State” via Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.

Magic Bullet Records will release MEATWOUND‘s grueling Addio digitally on July 17th followed by a CD pressing and both red and black 12″ vinyl LP on July 24th. Preorders for all formats will be available in the coming days, along with additional audio from the album, an official video and more.

Addio Track Listing:
1. In Toilet
2. Goliath
3. Funeral State
4. Hand Of God
5. Meat Pack
6. I Am Transgressor

MEATWOUND continues to slay live masses live, with several new shows booked for the coming weeks, including two shows supporting Black Tusk this week, and a gig in late August with Assholeparade, Palatka, Suppression and others. Additional and more widespread tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks, including a record release show for Addio in early August.

7/01/2015 New World Brewery – Tampa, FL w/ Black Tusk, Necrid, Spar [info]
7/02/2015 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL w/ Black Tusk, Bhavachakra, The Glorious Rebellion [info]
8/29/2015 The Wooly – Gainesville, FL w/ Assholeparade, Palatka, End Of The Century Party, Radon, Suppression, House Of Lightning, Dredge [info]

For review copies of Addio and coverage of MEATWOUND worldwide contact dave@earsplitcompound.com.


QUENTIN TARANTINO on BROTHER DEGE’s “Folk Songs of the American Longhair”

Jun 21 2015

Direct action … Quentin Tarantino on the set of Django Unchained.On July 10, Magic Bullet Records will be issuing BROTHER DEGE‘s Folk Songs of the American Longhair for the first time ever on vinyl format. Listeners will have their choice of either black or gold vinyl.

Originally released in 2010, Folk Songs of the American Longhair features the track “Too Old to Die Young,” which was handpicked by director Quentin Tarantino for use in his film Django Unchained. The director offered the following commentary toward the entire album:

Frankly, every track could have been in the movie. It works and has a badass score sound to it. Almost every song could be a theme song. It’s like a greatest hits album.

BROTHER DEGE is on tour now.

SWEET COBRA “Future Ghosts” video premiere live now at Noisey

Jun 21 2015

[photo by Nick Thieneman]

Having signed Chicago-based SWEET COBRA for their anxiously awaited new studio album, Earth, Magic Bullet Records is now preparing the LP for release in July, as the first single is made publicly available through a video of “Future Ghosts” via an exclusive premiere at Noisey.

SWEET COBRA’s first full-length recording since their lauded 2010-released Mercy, the thundering Earth was recorded and produced by Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge at Talbot’s Earth Analog Studios in Illinois, mixed by Ballou at his Godcity Studio in Massachusetts, and mastered by Carl Saff. Additionally, both Ballou and Talbot make guest appearances on the album. Earth shows the band hungrier than ever, with the trusted and infectious ferocity fans will expect as well as a slick, more accessible approach. There’s no rough edges; no jarring moments. From the first note to the conclusion of the twelve-song bang-ouevre, there is crystal clear purpose and cohesiveness throughout. It has the confidence and catchiness of the heavier moments of Queens Of The Stone Age with the drive of The Jesus Lizard. It has the surge and wallop of Quicksand while delving into far more diverse sonic territories. The pairing of Talbot and Ballou as co-producers has truly yielded a stunning, classic heavy album for the ages.

The bizarre official video for first single from Earth, “Future Ghosts” was directed and animated by Katie Kapuza with assistance from Molly Mccandleuss and props and masks created by Christine Ciarleglio. Showcasing not only the crushing and vibrant tones of their new LP, the video also brings out the imaginative and amusing angles of the SWEET COBRAtrio. The write-up accompanying the premiere at Noisey issues in part, “Their video for lead single ‘Future Ghosts’ finds the Chicago trio deviating from their earlier permutations of d-beat, sludge metal, and hardcore. As if tipping their hat to the city that’s nurtured them, the song takes on elements of other staunchly uncompromising Chicagoans—the sardonic middle-finger of Jesus Lizard, the bottomfeeder throb of early Pelican, the call-to-arms drive of Naked Raygun..”

Break out SWEET COBRA’s “Future Ghosts” video through Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

Magic Bullet Records will issue Earth on digital formats July 17th, and on LP and CD July 24th. Digital preorders are live HERE and physical preorders will be posted in the coming days.

Earth Track Listing:
1. Far Too Temp
2. Future Ghosts
3. He Tall He
4. Complaints
5. Flight Risk
6. Sunburned Sons
7. Repo
8. Stiff Fits
9. Blue Rose
10. Jealous of Drugs
11. Old Haunts
12. Walls

WAILIN STORMS “Shiver” now available via Bandcamp

May 15 2015

PrintShiver is the second EP recorded by North Carolina’s WAILIN STORMS. It was self-released in 2014 and marks the shift from Bone Colored Moon (the band’s 2012 EP) toward the distinctive haunts and howls perfected on 2015′s One Foot in the Flesh Grave, the band’s debut full length. This is the sound of a band hitting an epiphany and unquestionably coming into its own.

With the signing of WAILIN STORMS to Magic Bullet Records for the release of One Foot in the Flesh Grave, the label is also proud to offer the band’s back catalog in digital format.

Shiver can now be streamed and purchased via the Magic Bullet Records Bandcamp page.

WAILIN STORMS “Bone Colored Moon” now available via Bandcamp

May 15 2015

wailin storms-bone colored moon ep_5x5Bone Colored Moon is the first EP recorded by North Carolina’s WAILIN STORMS. It was self-released in 2012 and showcases some of the early rudiments in Justin Storms’ songwriting that would eventually spark the distinctive haunts and howls of the band’s second EP (Shiver) and their debut full length album (One Foot in the Flesh Grave).

With the signing of WAILIN STORMS to Magic Bullet Records for the release of One Foot in the Flesh Grave, the label is also proud to offer the band’s back catalog in digital format.

Bone Colored Moon can now be streamed and purchased via the Magic Bullet Records Bandcamp page.

IDES OF GEMINI Unveil Chilling New Video For “Strange Fruit” Cover Via Revolver Magazine

May 09 2015

Los Angeles’ IDES OF GEMINI released the brand new and exclusive Carthage/Strange Fruit 7″ via Magic Bullet Records last month in honor of Record Store Day.

Side A begins with the lingering resonances of “Carthage.” Commencing with the doomy, acoustic summoning of souls of a barren world, the band goes full tilt into their eclectic brand of overdriven power and command, charging onward and upward through forest and sky, dragging the doomed, sorrowful carcass of humanity itself into light. Side B offers up one of the most stunning and emotionally stirring covers of “Strange Fruit” ever put to tape. Written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and set to music famously by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song stems from Meeropol’s original protest piece against the racial lynchings that marred the early 20th century in America. It has been covered many times over since – including versions by Nina Simone, Lou Rawls, Annie Lennox, Jeff Buckley, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Diana Ross, Tori Amos, and countless others. IDES OF GEMINI dug deep on this one, perfecting a uniquely somber and haunting arrangement the poem/song has simply never seen.

In celebration of this moving piece of history, the band has crafted a haunting visual accompaniment to their reinterpretation of the tune. The solemn video was directed by singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of West Coast dark-psych unit Black Mare, who elaborates, “The first time I ever heard ‘Strange Fruit,’ I was immediately taken by the powerful imagery in the lyrics before I even knew the historical implications of them. Though this song was written as a protest against racism, it seems to me to conjure a deep mournfulness for the violent atrocities that all people continue to commit against one another, with racism being a very potent example…sadly more so today than ever.”

View the poignant clip, hosted by Revolver Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

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